Panda DNA Shows Huge Fragmentation Driven By Habitat

GreenTracker| A genetic analysis of giant pandas has shown that their environmental landscape has a profound effect on the evolution of genes in the species. In studying 192 fecal samples of pandas, researchers determined 53 unique genotypes, signifying huge fragmentation (and most would say breakdown) of the genetic structure of panda DNA.

The researchers said, “It is vital to reconnect the fragmented habitats and increase the connectivity of bamboo resources within a habitat to restore population viability of the giant panda in these regions.” via Science Daily